These protein balls are a handy snack to meal-prep and take to work, your home office or to school. Don’t be put off by the chickpeas - you can barely taste them and they are not only a great source of plant-based protein but their high level of fibre feeds our gut bugs to reduce inflammation in the body and boost our mood.
1/2 cup walnuts
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
1 cup whole rolled oats
1/2 cup desiccated coconut
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1/3 cup raisins, cranberries or sultanas
2 Tablespoons dried apricots or dates, finely diced
2 Tablespoons water
3 Tablespoons honey or maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup desiccated coconut, extra
Put all dry ingredients in the food processor and blend until coarse. Set aside.
Blend all wet ingredients in the food processor to a smooth paste.
Combine wet and dry mixtures. Add extra water if needed for the right consistency.
Roll mixture into balls approximately the size of a walnut and roll in extra coconut.
Place in an airtight container and store in the fridge.
TIP: for a healthy nut free lunchbox snack, swap nuts for an extra ½ cup of sunflower and pumpkin seeds.